Overall Rating: 6.750

Address: 221 Powell St.
Cross Street(s): Btwn Geary Blvd. & Ellis St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94102
Neighborhood: Union Square
Phone: 415.397.7720
Hours: M-F 7am-10:30am, 11:30am-11pm; Sa-Su 8am-10:30am, 11:30am-11pm
Type of Establishment: Restaurant
Cafe Rating: 7.00
Barista: 7
Savvy: 6
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 8
Consistency: Consistent
Espresso Machine: UNIC
Coffee Rating: 6.50
Aroma: 7
Body: 7
Brightness: 6
Crema: 6
Flavor: 6
Taster's Correction: 0.5
Size: M
Primary Taste: Smoky
Coffee Beans: Illy
Cup Manufacturer: Royal Doulton
Price: $2.50
Last Update: 09/22/2009
First Reviewed: 05/01/2007
Notes: None

This restaurant (Bar Norcini, n�e Caff� Kuleto's, is across the Florence Hotel entrance) is a rather large and fashionable enclave for fine Italian-styled dining (Italian marble floors, high ceilings, copper railings, and ... oooh, tablecloths!). Using a UNIC Twin Diva at the entrance bar, they pull an espresso with a modest layer of medium brown crema. It has the flavor of tobacco and thyme, so it reaches for something deeper than the generic 'Illy' flavor on the coffee spectrum. They use more traditional Illy designer IPA cups for milk-based drinks. Their milk frothing is quite dry, but the resulting coffee+milk mix works well. The 40-foot-long Brunswick bar itself is impressive - an English import that survived the 1906 earthquake while 'residing' at the Palace Hotel.